Emerald City ComiCon 2008

Man, we had a blast this year at the convention. My thoughts after the fact are always a blur of all the cool and crazy stuff that went down, but I’ll do my best to summarize my experience. Let’s start at the beginning…

Here’s our booth, complete with writer and artist:
Our Booth

These tables were pretty small, so we had to be thrifty with the table space, but that’s OK, next year we’ll have 2.

Ok, so how awesome was the awesome con?
SO awesome.

It started with a bang, with a family of fans picking up a bunch of shirts and claiming nearly all of our Jones Soda bottles right off the bat. Thanks again, you guys rock!

There was a bit of a fluke, and Aaron Williams ended up right next to us in Artist’s Alley. Normally, he would have a booth, and after seeing how many people were coming by, I can understand why. He and his wife are both awesome people. They are both hilarious, and made great neighbors. It was nice to finally be next to another comic that is kid friendly. We’ve had some bad experiences with this in the past, but I won’t get into that now.
Aaron, being the cool guy that he is, did this piece of art for me:
Adam by Aaron Williams

He even gave us permission to use it in the next issue as a piece of bonus art. A million thanks!
But that was the end of the second day, so I’m already getting ahead of myself.

The first day was super-busy, and neither Jeremy or myself were able to leave the table for longer than a few minutes. We decided we’d just wait until Sunday to do our wandering.

On that note, Sunday was a lot of fun.

Our friend Jerry from the Penny Arcade Comic Show stopped by pre-con opening to say hi on his way to take a nap under the PA booth.
We didn’t get to have our usual DS battle that had become a tradition over the last couple years, but that’s no biggie. From what I hear, The World Ends With You was dominating the gaming side of the show. Jesse, who was at the show with us Saturday, obtained an obscene level of experience and an equally ludicrous amount of rare pins for the game just by being there. As if the DS was somehow using black voodoo magic to pull experience and pins out of thin air!

Since it was a little slower for most of the day, we had some really good conversations with some fans, as well as other creators, and lots of people who had never heard of us, but either liked the art or just thought the title sounded neat. Either way, it lead to some good conversations.

Once I was able to wander for a bit, it was off to get my very own shiny new copy of How To Make Webcomics, written by the cool guys at Halfpixel.
I tried to adopt a Jinxlet from Kris Straub, but the only one left was missing an eye:
Sad Jinxlet

Kris and I had a really good chat about crazy con goers scaring us. Mutual experience with frightening situations really brings people together.
Oh, and I’ll be holding you to that Jinxlet arrangement we discussed. I’d wink here, but it somehow seems to be in poor taste.

Later in the show, Kris and Erica came by our booth and picked up copies of our books, which was totally rad of them. Kris was super happy to get them:
Kris with robot comics

I got my copy of the book signed by all four guys and got to chat a little with Dave and Brad, who I must say are both really good at selling their product without coming across as pushy. Dave had a really cool bumper sticker for sale, and when I asked for one his response was, “For an even $20, you can get a book too!”
Now, he must have seen me eying the book, or could tell I was a sucker for the printed versions of webcomics, because that’s all it took to hook me.
You win this round Kellett!

Onwards to the Penny-Arcade booth!
I was especially excited to show the guys our third issue, as it had the Gabe and Tycho Shilling Arcade cameo on page 7.
They seemed to get a kick out of it, or at least were good enough at feigning amusement that there is little distinction. Here is a photogram of the event:
PA Cameo

Oh, and did I mention I met Wil Wheaton?
The guy in front of me in line bought the last copy of his book, so we got to see him do a victory dance, then immediately twitter the event.
He was more than happy to sign our copy of Stand By Me, still my favorite movie, and happily took the copies of our books that I had brought him.

Well, that’s pretty much all I can remember off the top of my head. If you’d like to see the rest of my con pics, and even check out the ones from previous years, here is my Flickr page:
Emerald City ComiCon Gallery

A big thanks to Jim, George, Chris, Brian and all the volunteers that make EC3 the best con E-Var!

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